Discover Your Genius

By Michael J. Gelb (HarperCollins, 2002)

“Be the change you want to see in the world,” said Gandhi — the man who inspired India to throw off decades of British rule without once resorting to violence. The challenge, of course, is figuring out just how to be that change — how to adopt the patterns of thought, choice and action that will make it possible. According to Michael J. Gelb, author of the bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day (Dell, 1998), the key to accomplishing the feats of revolutionary minds like Gandhi and da Vinci is simply to begin cultivating the strengths of character and perspective that made them so exceptional.

Discover Your Genius is combination workbook, guided journal and historical biography of 10 great minds, from Plato and Elizabeth I to Einstein. Each biography focuses on its subject’s particular gifts, like Plato’s wisdom or Elizabeth’s strength of leadership, and suggests ways for you to develop those gifts in yourself. The exercises are often simple — practicing better listening, not rushing to initiate conversation — but have a powerful capacity to trigger creative insight. Whether you need help busting out of a rut or feel ready to push yourself beyond your usual limits, this book turns tapping your own potential into good, smart fun.

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